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Just weeks before leaving office as the interim [[U.S. Senate|Senator]] in [[Massachusetts]], [[Mo Cowan]] endorsed Booker on June 4, 2013 for the seat.<ref name="cowan">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/mo-cowan-cory-booker-senate-92247.html ''Politico'' "Mo Cowan endorses Cory Booker run" Accessed June 6, 2013]</ref> Cowan noted that he was just the eighth black American to serve in the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]], and continued by saying “As I vacate the hallowed halls of Congress, perhaps he’ll come in not too late after me and continue I hope is a very popular trend in the Congress, particular in the Senate, which is to continue to show representation of all people."<ref name="cowan"/> On June 9, 2013 Booker received the backing of George E. Norcross III, an insurance executive and hospital chairman who is seen as "the most powerful figure in New Jersey Democratic politics" according to the ''Philadelphia Inquirer''.<ref>[http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/christie_chronicles/Norcross-backs-Booker-.html ''Philly.com'' "Norcross backs Booker for Senate" Accessed June 11, 2013]</ref>
 
Just weeks before leaving office as the interim [[U.S. Senate|Senator]] in [[Massachusetts]], [[Mo Cowan]] endorsed Booker on June 4, 2013 for the seat.<ref name="cowan">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/mo-cowan-cory-booker-senate-92247.html ''Politico'' "Mo Cowan endorses Cory Booker run" Accessed June 6, 2013]</ref> Cowan noted that he was just the eighth black American to serve in the [[U.S. Senate|Senate]], and continued by saying “As I vacate the hallowed halls of Congress, perhaps he’ll come in not too late after me and continue I hope is a very popular trend in the Congress, particular in the Senate, which is to continue to show representation of all people."<ref name="cowan"/> On June 9, 2013 Booker received the backing of George E. Norcross III, an insurance executive and hospital chairman who is seen as "the most powerful figure in New Jersey Democratic politics" according to the ''Philadelphia Inquirer''.<ref>[http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/christie_chronicles/Norcross-backs-Booker-.html ''Philly.com'' "Norcross backs Booker for Senate" Accessed June 11, 2013]</ref>
 
===2014===
 
On December 20, 2012, Booker announced that he is exploring a run for [[United States Senate]] in 2014. He had previously been considered the [[Democratic]] frontrunner to challenge incumbent [[Chris Christie]] (R) for [[Governor of New Jersey]] in the [[New Jersey gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013|2013 election]].<ref name=sen14/>
 
  
 
==Polls==
 
==Polls==

Revision as of 11:16, 18 September 2013

Cory Booker
Cory Booker.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. Senate, New Jersey
General electionOctober 16, 2013
Current office
Mayor of Newark
In office
July 1, 2006-Present
Years in position 8
PartyDemocratic
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Cory Booker is the current Mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

On June 8, 2013, he announced his candidacy for United States Senate in the special election in New Jersey on October 16, 2013.[1][2][3] He won the Democratic nomination in the primary on August 13, 2013.[4]

In August 2013 Booker ruled out a presidential run or serving on the ticket of another candidate in the next national campaign.[5] When asked whether he would rule out running himself or being the vice presidential nominee Booker answered, “Absolutely yes, unequivocally," adding that his focus is winning the seat and serving six years, which is a full Senate term.[5]

Issues

Sued by National Review

On September 11, 2013, Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review,, made an announcement that it will suing Booker along with the Newark Police Department and the City of Newark, for records related to Booker's claims that he held a dying Wazn Miller after Miller was shot on the streets in Newark in 2004.[6][7]

The announcement came in a post on the National Review website, and according to reports by Politico is the result of repeated attempts by reporters from the National Review to access documents related to Miller's unsolved murder in order to substantiate Booker's claims he was with Miller as he died.[7]

"It should be easy to get more information about the Miller case. New Jersey is an open-records state. Yet for weeks now, we have been stonewalled and given the run-around by everyone we’ve asked for help in obtaining the relevant police records. We’ve asked nicely, we’ve asked firmly, we’ve asked in every way imaginable, but gotten nowhere. It is much easier to learn about the most sensitive aspects of top-secret national-security programs than it is to get Newark police records related to that day," a reporter from National Review said.[7] "Enough is enough. Yesterday we filed suit against the Newark Police Department, the City of Newark, and Mayor Booker to obtain the records in keeping with New Jersey law. This suit shouldn’t be necessary, but the official obstruction in Newark has made it so. In such an instance, everyone should favor openness."[7][6]

After filing the suit, National Review, was able to gain a copy of the police report.[8] The police report contradicts pieces of Booker's account of the event, including his claims that he held Miller while he was dying, the number of gunshots and that he was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the police report, a female bystander held Miller and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.[8]

The Booker campaign told National Review Online that it stands by the mayor’s version of events. Deriding inquiries as “partisan, Swiftboat journalism at its worst,” the campaign’s communications director Kevin Griffis tells me, “It’s clear from the police report, as well as the statements of police who were on the scene, that the mayor’s description of the incident is accurate.” Booker spokesman James Allen says, “The police reports make clear that Mayor Booker acted courageously, taking action and aiding the victim at the shooting scene until officers and EMTs arrived.”[8]

Booker spokesman James Allen added, “When Mayor Booker arrived at the scene, there were a few individuals trying to hold Mr. Miller up on some steps. The mayor grabbed the victim from behind and with the help of others, carried him to the grass. Another individual was supporting Mr. Miller’s head while Mayor Booker was positioned near the victim’s torso, applying pressure to his chest to try to stop the bleeding and working to clear blood from his mouth. When paramedics arrived, the mayor was still holding the victim and no longer felt a pulse. Sadly, Mr. Miller was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.”[8]

Association with start-up company ends

Booker announced on September 6, 2013, that his association with the Internet start-up firm, Waywire, would be coming to an end.[9]

Critics in both parties sharply questioned the prominent role he had played in forming the company, while he was the full-time mayor of the state’s largest city.[9]

Booker had personally helped obtain money from influential investors — including Oprah Winfrey and Eric E. Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman — and tapped the expertise of technology moguls and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.[9]

In a statement, Booker’s campaign said that he would be stepping down from Waywire’s board and donating his ownership interest in the company to charity.[9] Booker, in a financial disclosure statement filed with the Senate, estimated that his interest in the company was worth $1 million to $5 million. However, the company is said to be struggling.[9]

“These steps are being taken to remove even the perception that the mayor’s attention would be diverted from his job as senator or that he would stand to personally benefit in any way from his holdings in the company,” Booker's campaign spokesman, Kevin Griffis, said in a statement.[9]

Speculation about Booker's sexual preference

Speculation about Booker's sexuality — specifically, that he is gay but keeping that a secret — took center stage in the Senate campaign in late August 2013.[10] In a series of interviews with national media outlets, Booker and Lonegan both commented about an issue that has trailed Booker, who is single, since he first ran for office in Newark.[10]

Booker generally does not answer when asked about his sexuality, but in interviews has referred to former girlfriends and dating women. In a July 22, 2013 interview he noted he is "a voice for marriage equality that had me the national speaker in Washington, as a straight male, the national speaker for the Human Rights Campaign."[10]

He has also talked about his "great dismay" that he has not "settled down with a life partner." He said he has been dating more at the encouragement of a pastor friend but tries to keep that part of his life private.[10] "Because how unfair is it to a young lady to put them in the spotlight if they haven't signed up for that yet?" Booker said. "And people who think I'm gay, some part of me thinks it's wonderful. Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I'm gay, and I say, 'So what does it matter if I am? So be it. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I'm straight.'"[10]

In an interview, Lonegan called Booker's remarks "kind of weird." He also said he didn't know whether Booker is gay. "It's kind of weird. As a guy, I personally like being a guy. I don't know if you saw the stories last year. They've been out for quite a bit about how he likes to go out at 3 o'clock in the morning for a manicure and a pedicure," Lonegan said.[10]

Lonegan was referring to an interview Booker did last summer with a newly launched magazine, Du Jour, in which he talked about getting manicures and pedicures. Lonegan said his team looked but was unable to locate such a business in Newark that is open 24 hours a day.[10]

"Maybe that helps to get him the gay vote, by acting ambiguous. That I can't address," Lonegan said. All I know is I don't like going out in the middle of the night, or any time of the day, for a manicure and pedicure. It was described as his peculiar fetish, is how it was described. I have a more peculiar fetish. I like a good Scotch and a cigar. That's my fetish, but we'll just compare the two."[10]

In response, Booker called Lonegan's comments "unacceptable."[10]

"That's just sad. Honestly, that's just really sad. It's just disheartening to hear somebody, in this day and age in the United States of America, say, basically implicate, that gay men are not men, that they're not guys. It's shocking to one's conscience," Booker said. "That kind of callous, bigoted disrespect to gays and lesbians shouldn't be tolerated."[10]

Invention of T-Bone

Booker has been accused of inventing a street character, "T-Bone," for dramatic effect in personal anecdotes.[11] The actual existence of T-Bone, however, is in dispute.[12][11]

On August 29, 2013, The National Review published a story which featured on-the-record comments from three men with deep ties to Newark, who say that a drug dealer named T-Bone has never walked the city’s streets.[11]

When asked whether T-Bone is a real person, Booker spokesperson Kevin Griffis declined to answer the question directly, instead encouraging a reporter to conduct an Internet search related to the issue.[11][12]

“This was a partisan outlet trying to drum up a fake controversy from years ago,” Griffis said of the National Review piece.[12][11]

Booker has been quoted as maintaining that T-Bone was “1,000 percent real” but also an “archetype” of Newark’s problems.[12]

Mocking from Rand Paul

As part of his reasoning behind his decision to campaign for Republican nominee Steve Lonegan, Rand Paul took jabs at Booker as a politician with “an imaginary friend with imaginary problems” on September 6, 2013. The statement is in reference to reports about the Newark drug lord named “T-Bone,” whom Booker has said he befriended.[13]

“If Cory will introduce me to T-Bone when I get there, I’d love to meet T-Bone. If T-Bone’s not real, maybe we need to get Mr. Booker to talk about real problems,” Paul said in an interview.[13]

Paul also described Lonegan as a solid conservative and “defender of the Fourth Amendment” who impressed him during a visit to Washington over the summer.[13]

Booker spokesman Kevin Griffis responded to Paul’s comments by saying that the former Bogota mayor would “raise taxes on the working and middle classes and privatize Social Security, and he even opposed Hurricane Sandy aid."[13]

“As mayor and as a leader of the Tea Party in New Jersey, Mr. Lonegan has only proven that he cares about the plight of the ultra-wealthy and big corporations,” Griffis said.[13]

Elections

2013

See also: United States Senate special election in New Jersey, 2013

Booker is running for U.S. Senate in the special election for the seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg (D).[1] Booker defeated U.S. Representatives Rush D. Holt, Jr. and Frank Pallone and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver for the Democratic party nomination in the primary election on August 13, 2013.[4][14][15] He will face Steve Lonegan (R) in the general election on October 16, 2013.

U.S. Senate, New Jersey Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCory Booker 59.2% 216,936
Frank Pallone 19.8% 72,584
Rush Holt 16.8% 61,463
Sheila Oliver 4.3% 15,656
Total Votes 366,639
Source: Official Election Results from New Jersey Division of Elections[16]

Endorsements

Just weeks before leaving office as the interim Senator in Massachusetts, Mo Cowan endorsed Booker on June 4, 2013 for the seat.[17] Cowan noted that he was just the eighth black American to serve in the Senate, and continued by saying “As I vacate the hallowed halls of Congress, perhaps he’ll come in not too late after me and continue I hope is a very popular trend in the Congress, particular in the Senate, which is to continue to show representation of all people."[17] On June 9, 2013 Booker received the backing of George E. Norcross III, an insurance executive and hospital chairman who is seen as "the most powerful figure in New Jersey Democratic politics" according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.[18]

Polls

November 2012 (Post-Superstorm Sandy)

Between November 14-17 2012, Rutgers and the Eagleton Institute of Politics surveyed 1,228 registered New Jersey voters through live telephone interviews. The respondents were given a series of hypothetical match-ups between incumbent Chris Christie and five potential Democratic candidates, and asked which of the two candidates they would vote for in the 2013 election. The margin of error is +/- 2.9%. [19]

Hypothetical match-ups for Governor of New jersey
Cory BookerRichard CodeyBarbara BuonoLou GreenwaldTom Byrne
Percent of the vote34%31%22%21%22%
Chris Christie's percent of the vote53%56%60%60%58%
Undecided9%10%10%15%16%

October 2012

Between October 10-14 2012, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,405 registered New Jersey voters through live telephone interviews. The respondents were give a series of hypothetical match-ups between incumbent Chris Christie and four potential Democratic candidates, and asked which of the two candidates they would vote for in the 2013 election. The margin of error is +/- 2.6%. Leading the pack of likely challengers is Mayor of Newark Cory Booker, who trails Christie 46-42. A similar survey conducted in early September had Booker behind seven percentage points. [20][21]

Hypothetical match-ups for Governor of New jersey
Cory BookerRichard CodeyBarbara BuonoLou Greenwald
Percent of the vote42%41%33%31%
Chris Christie's percent of the vote46%47%49%50%
Undecided11%11%17%17%

July 2011

Between July 15-18, 2011, Public Policy Polling surveyed 480 New Jersey voters. The respondents were give a series of hypothetical match-ups between incumbent Chris Christie and four potential Democratic candidates, and asked which of the two candidates they would vote for.[22]

Hypothetical match-ups for Governor of New jersey
Cory BookerFrank PalloneBruce SpringsteenSteve Sweeney
Percent of the vote47%43%42%40%
Chris Christie's percent of the vote43%43%42%42%
Undecided10%14%15%18%


2013 Special Election

General election

Special election general election match-up
Poll Cory Booker Steve LoneganUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Conservative Intel
October 13-14, 2013
52%41%5%+/-3.5778
Quinnipiac University
October 10-14, 2013
53%41%6%+/-2.41,696
Rutgers-Eagleton
October 7-13, 2013
58%36%3%+/-4.3513
Monmouth University
October 10-12, 2013
52%42%6%+/-2.61,393
Rasmussen Reports
October 7, 2013
53%41%5%+/-31,000
Stockton Polling Institute
October 3-8, 2013
50%39%11%+/-3.6729
Quinnipiac University
October 5-7, 2013
53%41%6%+/-3.3899
Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind
September 30-October 5, 2013
45%29%26%+/-3.7702
Monmouth University
September 26-29, 2013
53%40%7%+/-4.1571
AVERAGES 52.11% 38.89% 8.33% +/-3.39 920.11
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Special election general election match-up
Poll Cory Booker Steve LoneganUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
September 19-22, 2013
53%41%6%+/-3.2948
Richard Stockton College
September 15-21, 2013
58%32%8%+/-3.4812
Rutgers-Eagleton
September 3-9, 2013
64%29%7%+/-3.4433
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind
August 21-27, 2013
50%22%27%+/-3.7700
Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press
August 15-18, 2013
54%38%8%+/-3.7696
Quinnipiac University
August 1-5, 2013
54%29%17%+/-2.22,042
Quinnipiac University
July 2-7, 2013
53%30%13%+/-31,068
Rasmussen Reports
June 12-13, 2013
50%33%17%+/-31,000
Monmouth University
June 10-11, 2013
53%37%10%+/-3.9636
Quinnipiac University
June 7-9, 2013
54%27%19%+/-3.4858
AVERAGES 54.3% 31.8% 13.2% +/-3.29 919.3
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Democratic primary

Special election Democratic primary candidates
Poll Cory Booker Rush HoltFrank PalloneSheila OliverUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
August 1-5, 2013
54%15%17%5%9%+/-2.22,042
Monmouth University
July 11-14, 2013
49%8%12%3%28%+/-4.9403
Quinnipiac University
July 2-7, 2013
52%8%10%3%26%+/-31,068
Kean University
June 18, 2013
49%9%6%9%22%+/-31,000
Rasmussen Reports
June 12-13, 2013
54%11%8%5%18%+/-31,000
Monmouth University
June 10-11, 2013
63%10%8%6%13%+/-3.9636
Rutgers-Eagleton
June 3-9, 2013
55%9%8%0%28%+/-3.3888
Quinnipiac University
June 7-9, 2013
53%10%9%0%23%+/-3.4858
AVERAGES 53.63% 10% 9.75% 3.88% 20.88% +/-3.34 986.88
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Note: The Quinnipiac University poll from June 7-9 and Rutgers-Eagleton poll from June 3-9 were concluded prior to the filing deadline for candidates.


Republican primary

Special election Republican primary candidates
Poll Steve Lonegan Alieta EckUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
August 1-5, 2013
74%10%13%+/-2.22,042
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Personal

Twitter use

As of June 25, 2013 Booker had logged more than 3,000 tweets already in 2013. That made him roughly twice as active as the most prolific sitting U.S. Senator.[23] He has turned to the popular online messaging service, Twitter, for tasks as varied as updating his campaign stops, promoting voter registration drives, deflecting romantic entreaties from smitten fans, and broadcasting the philosophical musings of Gautama Buddha, Babe Ruth and himself.[23]

By contrast, Sen. John Cornyn (R) of Texas, the upper chamber’s most productive Twitter user, had tallied just 1,720 tweets in 2013, followed by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I) of Vermont with 1,445 posts, Kirsten Gillibrand (D) of New York with 1,181 posts, Patty Murray (D) of Washington with 1,068 and Mike Crapo (R) of Idaho with 1,016 posts.[23]

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References

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  2. The New York Times, "http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/21/nyregion/booker-wont-run-for-governor-eyes-senate-bid.html?hp&_r=1&," December 20, 2012
  3. Politico, "Report: Cory Booker may take on Chris Christie," August 24, 2012
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  5. 5.0 5.1 Politico, "2016 presidential race: Cory Booker rules out run," accessed August 7, 2013
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  16. New Jersey Division of Elections, "Unofficial Primary Special Election Results," accessed November 7, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 Politico "Mo Cowan endorses Cory Booker run" Accessed June 6, 2013
  18. Philly.com "Norcross backs Booker for Senate" Accessed June 11, 2013
  19. Rutgers Eagleton Center for Public Polling, "Christie Ratings and Re-elect 2012 Poll," November 26, 2012
  20. Quinnipiac University, "October 17, 2012 - Booker Is Strongest Dem To Face Christie, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Say Show Me The Money Before Tax Cut Vote," October 17, 2012
  21. Quinnipiac University, "New Jersey Gov. Christie Gets No GOP Convention Bounce, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Most Biased Against Atheists, Muslims," September 5, 2012
  22. Public Policy Polling, "Christie in trouble for re-election," July 20, 2011
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 The Hill "Cory Booker would likely smash Twitter records in the Senate" Accessed June 25, 2013